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We've been surveying the library community to get feedback on the Edge Initiative's beta benchmarks. Beta Benchmark 9 focused on libraries sharing their best practices and expertise. The new version of the benchmarks was just released, strengthened by your feedback! A bit of tweaking and consolidation happened so that Benchmark 9 is now Benchmark 6. There have been a few changes to the indicators, however the core benchmark remains the same.
We have lots of interesting online learning opportunities coming up. Our webinars are always free and include fantastic speakers. Get your questions answered! See our events page for full listings. Leave us a note in the comments if there is a topic you'd like to see offered or a speaker you'd like to recommend. Hope to see you there!
What's happening with apps in the library world? Many libraries are designing apps to extend access to their own services and others are creating applaudable programming. Libraries are providing online access to previously closed collections, demonstrating how to download ebooks on the go, and integrating apps provided by library database vendors to allow for vetted research from mobile devices.
TechSoup offices and Client Services will be closed for the holidays from Friday, December 21, through Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
We have lots of great webinars coming up soon. Our webinars are always free, and include great speakers in an interactive online learning environment. Get your questions answered! See our events page for full listings.
Sno-Isle Libraries' "Librarians as Information Guides" project offers classes especially designed for how adults learn. These classes, as well as optional one-on-one follow-up coaching, are always free, thanks to the library and funding by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.
TechSoup is part of a national coalition of 13 organizations working with the library field to create the first-ever set of technology benchmarks that define quality public access technology services in libraries. As part of this initiative, we are gathering feedback from libraries, and then sharing that feedback.
We recently compiled results from a survey focused on Benchmark 7. This benchmark states:
It's October, the perfect time to cozy up to the computer for a TechSoup webinar and a nice warm cup of cider. Hope you can join us online to talk technology!